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Social Auxillary Worker

As a social auxiliary worker, your role will be to assist social workers to provide support, protection and assistance to those in need and who are vulnerable or in crisis. This can be for individuals or communities as a whole. Essentially, social auxiliary workers support social workers in promoting healthy relationships and community life.

Just like social workers, auxiliary social workers are deeply caring people who can communicate well and are generally optimistic about life.

Required Qualifications

To become a social auxiliary worker in South Africa, you will typically need the following qualifications:

  1. Certificate (National Senior Certificate or NS(V) certificate)
  2. Short Course – A 1-year training course at an accredited institution to receive your qualification
  3. Learnership (There are also a number of learnerships provided by the Department of Health)

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

Entry requirements differ for the various institutions offering the program. For detailed information, it’s best to get in touch with relevant institutions.

Length of Study

Social auxiliary workers in South Africa typically study for 1-year. 

Employment Opportunities

Social auxiliary workers in South Africa often work at government agencies and non-profit organisations.

Please note that you will need to register as a social auxiliary worker with the SA Interim Council for Social Work in order to be employed.

It is important to note that learners studying social auxiliary workers must register conditionally with the Council.

Auxiliary Social Workers can be employed by private institutions as well as government and non-governmental institutions. 

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